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How To Apply Mascara w/ a Video Guide (Revamped)

1. To start off, I take my lash curler and curl my lashes in three sections, holding each for about 2 seconds. Starting at the outer corner, then the middle, and then finishing off with the inner corner. I top it off with a coat of mascara to hold the curl and I do the same to the other eye.

***you want to make sure you scrape off any excess product off the brush to help avoid clumps. I do this by just scraping the brush on the inside of the tube top.

2. I like to take the brush and sweep it from side to side while also moving in an upward motion. This helps achieve nice, even coverage.

3. After I apply my first coat, I let it dry for about 30-60 seconds, then I apply the second coat to each eye.

4.Too finish my look off, I apply about 2 coats to my bottom lashes.

A Few Extra Tips:

  • To give your ends an extra coat, try blinking onto the brush. It may take some practice, but it’ll be the difference between longer looking lashes.
  • To help separate lashes, you might want to start off with a mascara primer. Make-up artists love this stuff, but you might find it inconvenient unless you consider your lashes important.
  • Do not pump the wand in and out of the tube. By doing this, you are pushing air into the tube which will cause your product to dry out before it should.
  • Having trouble getting those bottom lashes? Try placing a tissue or a card underneath them before applying. This prevents smudging on the lower lid.


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Picking A Lipstick Shade The Easy Way!

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What Mascara Effect Are You Looking For?

Determining what you need; Mascara’s are generally designed for three types of lashes; thin and sparse, full and short, or thick and long. Since it is possible to have a combination of the lash types (ie. Thin and short, thick and short) you really want to focus on what feature you want to change the most. You need to really look objectively at your lashes. Most mascara users believe that their lashes are too short and not full enough. Close inspection might make you think otherwise.

What effect are you looking for?

Thickening/Volumizing – Thickening mascara is used to make your eyelashes look thicker and more full. The formula contain a higher amount of silicone polymers and waxes that coat lashes and the tight brush applies helps with applying a thick layer. For best results, apply two coats and move the wand in a back and forth as it applied to ensure mascara is applied to sides of lashes. Recommended for those with thin/sparse lashes 

Lengthening – This is most popular mascara among consumers. The denser bristles allow for heavier application of product, especially at the tips. This gives off the illusion of longer lashes.Some formulas add fibers to the tips making them stronger so they become longer. Be aware though, they’ve been known to cause irritation around the eyes, especially if you wear contacts.Recommended for those with short/ sparse and short/full lashes.

Curling – The curve in the wand acts as a mini curler per say. There do happen to be a lot of complaints associated the actual effectiveness of many these products though…

Non-clumping – A more recent type of mascara, the non clumping formulas contain glycerin and/or silk extracts to take away from the “crispy” feeling. They tend to have longer wands for a more even application.

Defining – This is to enhance those with full and thick lashes while still preserving a soft, natural look. For best results, apply no more than 2 coats. Overdoing it can a lead to a cakey/clumpy look. Ideal for those with naturally full/thick lashes looking to add a little UMPH to what they’re working with.

Nourishing – Designed with key ingredients to help promote growth and thickness. Has a tendency of creating lashes that are smeared and clumsy. These products can generally be used with other mascaras.

Waterproof – Made with a special formula, waterproof mascara is made to repel water. It can be harsh on the lashes and may lead to breakage so it’s recommended that you keep use at a minimum. I like to use it when I go to the beach or hit the club scene. Some recommend it if your interestedin holding a curl longer.

BRUSHES AND such and such…

Straight brushes – Straight brushes are popular for their versatility and they’re easy to use. The shape of the brush makes it easier to apply product to the small lashes located around the corners of your eye. Beginners tend to favor this brush because it’s easy to use and typically forgiving of mistakes.

Curved brushes – Curved brushes encourage curl and lift to lashes. Sweeping the brush from side to side while simultaneously moving the wand up from the root to tip encourages curl. This gives off the effect of bigger, brighter eyes.

Combs – Combs are small and flat. Individual tines are designed to separate lashes and discourage clumping.

Bristles – Unlike combs, brushes that are straight or curved have bristles, which are also important for achieving the desired lash style. A brush with short, tightly spaced bristles will be ideal for adding volume to lashes, whereas a brush with long, loosely spaced bristles is best for lengthening and separating lashes. Rubber bristles attempt to combine the qualities expressed by both long and short bristles. A mascara brush with rubber bristles coats even the tiniest lashes, which adds volume, but is also strong enough to coat lashes from root to tip, which adds length. The sturdiness of the rubber bristles also mimics the effects of a comb and separates the lashes.


Also check out my article on How to Apply Mascara

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Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara Review

So, I purchased the Tarte Picture Perfect Eye Lash Curler with free Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara sample from Ulta the other day for about $16. Not bad, not bad. The curler is AMAZINGGG. I’m in love, though when I purchased this item, I was mostly excited about trying out the free sample. There was a lot of hype about it under Ulta reviews, so I was dying to try it out! Well it is good stuff, but I can’t say it’s the best out there, especially not at a price of $19 a tube.

While applying, I did notice that it was a tad bit clumpy, which I wasn’t too happy about. It does really bring my eyes out though, you can definitely tell the difference in the before and after shots. My lashes are already pretty long, but I was happy with the added length this product offered me.

I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now and haven’t noticed much change in volume or lash curl.

I would recommend this product to someone with short, sparse lashes.

I would probably rate this a 3.5 out of 5 stars, mostly due to the the price ($19 a bottle) and clumping.

(just a heads up, i had curled my lashes prior to application that day because I didn’t expect to be applying any mascara later on. that’s probably the only reason you can even see them in the before shot :/)

(click for close ups)



These other two after shots are from a different day. I was checking out my lashes and thought this would make a good example of how great this mascara works! All I’m wearing is a dark brown eyeliner and a few coats of Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes! curled to perfection with Tarte Perfect Eyelash Curler.

(_if you click this image, you can see them REALLY close up!_)


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Types of Eyeliners

Eyeliners are used to bring out the mirrors to your soul; your eyes! Thick or fine lines can be used in different varieties to define the contours and features of your eyes. Eyeliner can be used alone, or to compliment a look.

Here’s the general types of eyeliners available:

Liquid Eyeliner

Liquid Eyeliner – This is one of the more difficult eyeliners to apply as it is very bold and slick. I definitely wouldn’t recommend this for beginners.

  • You need a steady hand and should apply by brushing very short strokes close to the lash line. I like to begin towards the middle of the lash line and proceed towards the outer lash using short strokes. I then fill in the rest of the line starting at the inner lash line and finishing at the middle where you began, maybe going over it once for corrections.
  • It works great with Arabic make up, cat eyes, and dramatic looks.
  • It’s provides a well defined, thin line that gives off the illusion of thicker lashes.
  • I known for being difficult to apply well. It takes a steady hand, patience and practice!
Pencil Eyeliner

Pencil Eyeliner – This is the most commonly used eyeliner because it is easy to manage and control. Much like a regular pencil, you sharpen when needed.

  • To apply, simply draw a line at your lash line.
  • Pencils are perfect for coloring your waterline. I’d recommend picking a brand that’s ophthalmologist tested in order to reduce the chance of eye irritation.
Gel Eyeliner

Gel/Cream Eyeliner – This type of eyeliner is preferred more by make – up artists than mainstream consumers. They generally come in a pot that you can dip an angled brush, fine tipped brush, or even a pencil to get the product out. Sometimes it’s even used a base underneath eye shadows.

  • With a steady hand, slowly glide the brush using small strokes across your lash line.
  • Product takes a little longer to dry, so be aware of that.
  • Gel eyeliner creates a great effect, awesome for smokey eyes.
Powder Eyeliner

Eye shadow as an eyeliner – This is the easiest and fastest way to apply liner. With a stiff angled or pencil brush, dip the brush into the powder and dab or draw a line along your lash line.

  • Not recommended for the water line as it will not stick and it really irritates your eyes.
  • Great for subtle daytime looks and the color possibilities are endless!
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Not only is knowing your skin tone important for choosing your hair color, it’s also helpful for choosing colors and shades when picking out make-up and clothing.

The most simple and easy way to figure out your undertone is by checking out the veins in your wrists.

If they are blueish, you have a cool undertone like these lovely ladies.

If they are greenish you have a warm undertone.

If it falls somewhere in between, you might have a neutral undertone.

Warm undertones look better in ivory, while cool undertones appear better in pure white. Neutral gets the best of both worlds!

If you’re a foundation user and every shade you choose is too pink or too yellow, start looking for nuetral shades.

Still having trouble figuring out your skin tone? Put the orange and mauve slides in your hand or by your face and choose the one that better enhances your radiance and healthy glow.



Pink based foundation Yellow based foundation
Brown or bronze with a tan Golden brown with a tan
Pale with pink undertones Pale with peach ow3r gold undertones
Pale with no color in cheeks Medium with golden undertones
Medium with faint pink cheeks Brown with golden undertones
Medium with no color in cheeks Very dark brown with golden undertones
True olive
Brown with pink undertone
Very dark brown with reddish or blue undertones


I, myself, have a neutral undertone, so luckily I have very few limitations to my personal color spectrum. A lot of multi-ethnic and biracial individuals share this undertone.

Skin tones and undertones are different. Skin tones change and can be influenced your environment. Things like UV rays, geographical location, illnesses, etc. Undertones are set and can never change.

Hair tips according to your undertone:



Raven Black Light honey blonde
Coffee and Mid Level Blonde Strawberry blonde
Auborgine, Mahogany, and Burgundy Reds Golden Mid Level blonde
Blue/green dark brown or black Warm Chocolate browns
Blue Black Dark Brown with a hint of rust
Deep Coffee Brown Golden Brown
Cool Ash Browns Auburn
Fire Engine Red for a dramatic look Red and colors with orange highlights
Gold, Bronze, or warm reds; Also yellow based colors Violet, blue and white colors; too much ash in your hair can make you look older and pale

Tips for neutral colors:

  • Choose colors that enhance your eye tone
  • Enhance dark eyes with exotic colors like dark wine
  • Try colors like sandy blonde, beige blonde, chocolate brown and mahogany
  • Any shade of red will work with you!
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